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Check this out! Astronaut Ron Garan was taking pictures of Earth from the window of the International Space Station when he got this shot of a meteor burning up in our atmosphere.


Click the image to see the Discover story

Whatta catch! How cool would it be to look down to see a falling star?

My total Perseid meteor count over three days was about 8 - not bad, considering the full Moon washed out most of them, and one was an amazing blue fireball.

How many did you see?

Next year, we'll only have a crescent Moon, so even us Earth-bound watchers will see more.

Chris

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normalcyispasse
Aug. 15th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is SUPER cool.
amysisson
Aug. 16th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
One of my husband's colleagues from Germany recently visited, and we were astounded that she has never seen a shooting star. She was also very envious of our extensive experience (North Dakota and Manitoba) with the Northern Lights. That didn't surprise me, as lots of people haven't seen those. But to have not ever seen a shooting star!
mckitterick
Aug. 16th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
Wow! I imagine she lives in a metropolitan area; even in the US, it's not unusual to miss the Northern Lights or meteors.
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